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Album Review

Neon Golden was a subtle rewiring of the Notwist's long-established baroque hip-hop post-rock fetishist technique. The album's minimal kitchen-sink vibe was stronger, the wide assortment of instruments were arranged with new conviction, and the band would throw in a startlingly unpretentious mixture of tub-thumbing static, cellos, banjos, organs, and breakbeats while Markus Acher's Belle & Sebastian-styled vocals flowed underneath like island run-off. In "This Room," "Pick Up the Phone," "Off the Rails," and the excellent "Consequence," the intricacy of the band's sound remained, but with less experimental desperation and considerably better ideas.

Customer Reviews

Landmark album

This album was my introduction to The Notwist, back in late 2002, before the U.S. release of Neon Golden. Suffice it to say that their music has permanently altered my life since. The band is comprised of four gentlemen who are involved in numerous side projects, including Lali Puna, Console, Ms. John Soda, and 13 & God. Neon Golden is the culmination of the odd trajectory taken by a hardcore German punk band into the realm of an experimental/electronic/woodwind outfit that has incredible chemistry. They're hands down the tightest band I have ever seen live.

This is a remarkable album.

This album is a classic that has been buried deep down in the depths of underground music culture for far too long.


Simply amazing from start to finish, I could listen to this cd for ever and never get tired. Ive introduced them to many friends whom listen to a variety of music and everyone of them has fallen in love. A must for every collection.


Formed: 1989 in Weilheim, Germany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed near Munich as a post-hardcore band, the Notwist gradually began to embrace a fusion of classic '80s indie pop songwriting and scruffy electronic backings indebted to Oval and Autechre. The quartet comprises brothers Markus and Micha Acher (on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively) plus programmer/keyboard player Martin Gretschmann and drummer Martin Messerschmid. Their self-titled 1989 debut and 1992's Nook were rough-and-tumble punk LPs. Third album 12 marked the group's first flirtation...
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